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Northwest Wine Radio

Wine Should be Fun! Northwest Wine Radio is a weekly, hour-long show broadcast on radio stations across the Pacific Northwest. Not your typical wine show, Northwest Wine Radio features interviews with the winemakers, brewers, distillers, and cider makers to get the fun stories behind the bottle. No technical talking here; we're sharing real stories about the real people in the industry. Grab a glass of your favorite and tune in for fun stories, food pairing suggestions, news about upcoming events...all without the attitude! Host Brian Calvert and his team present a different kind of wine show: Light, fun, informal, yet informative and relevant to anyone who drinks local and supports local producers. Again, this show celebrates an entire industry of producers who make fantastic products right here in our own backyard. More information: NorthwestWineRadio.com
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Mar 26, 2018

(2018)  First there was Duck Pond, then came Desert Wind Winery.  We meet the Fries family, the force behind two well-known names in Northwest wine.  And each label highlights the best of the state in which it calls home.

Then we have a good conversation with the family behind Fremont Mischief distillery in Seattle.  It's fun to hear the story of the operation, but REALLY fun when our friend, winemaker John Bieglow of JM Cellars stops in, and the winemaker asks the distiller some good questions.  There might even be a deal brokered right on our show!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Mar 19, 2018

(2018)  While the name sure does sound presidential, it's the wine that gets top billing at this place!  We sit down with the people behind Isenhower Cellars of Walla Walla, and talk about decades of delicious wine.

Then we meet the guys behind Hanson Vineyards and Franchere Wine Company.  Two different operations, based in the same Willamette Valley location.  The guys share in the labor. and are each able to create unique wines.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Mar 12, 2018

(2018)  Our toast to "Taste Washington Wine Month" continues with a visit Steve Warner, head of the Washington Wine Commission.  Steve tells us all about the fun events planned for the rest of the month.

We also get to meet a unique winemaker who's putting her own special touch on two different Northwest labels:  Battle Creek Winery & Primarius.   Then, we meet the winemaker with an affinity for race horses...so much so...the wines of Love that Red Winery are named after some racetrack favorites.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Mar 5, 2018

(2018)  We kick off "Taste Washington Wine Month" with a visit from one of the state's premiere female winemakers.  She shares a really fascinating look at the "feminine" influence on the delicious wine made at Warr-King Wines in Woodinville.

Then, we have a conversation with the Northwest's "first family" of craft brewing.  The Kemper family is building it's latest dynasty, and they stop by the share the story of Washington's Chuckanut Brewery.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Feb 26, 2018

(2018)  The homestead has been in the family since the early 1900's.  Today, the newest generation of Williamsons (a really fun bunch) are still producing quality fruit and delicious wine from Williamson Vineyards in Caldwell.

Then, we're off on a field trip to Hawaii's Big Island.  Up among the lava rocks left behind by Mount Kilauea, you'll find the very unique Volcano Winery.  Not only are they producing Pinot Noir and fine mead, but they're into tea leaves as well.  It's a great place to visit when Northwesterners take a trip to the islands!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Feb 12, 2018

(2018)  Sure they make Syrah, but that wine made from other fruit is pretty tasty as well!  We get a true taste of Oregon's Umpqua River Valley with a visit from HV Cellars of Winston, where the winemaker can't resist fermenting things other than grapes.

Our friend from the Washington Beer Commission stops by to talk about a really fun open house event for raft beer lovers, then we learn more about the art of blending when the namesake of Brian Carter Cellars stops by for a visit.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Feb 5, 2018

(2018)  Some winemakers get really lucky, and have a chance to learn their craft from some of the best in the business.  The winemaker at Goose Ridge Vineyards recalls the great advice that led him to the Tri-Cities, where he puts that advice in every bottle.

If you like to make craft beer at home, or are interested in learning, our new friends from the Cascade Home Brewers Guild stop by with some tips, some warnings, and a lot of great laughs!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

 

Jan 29, 2018

(2018)  On this episode, we meet a winemaker with a true passion for both his wine, and the land that yields it.  We take you to the heart of the Walla Walla Valley for the story behind Gifford Hirlinger, and the young family making a great go of it.

Then we take a road trip to Garden City, Idaho, to meet one of the only cider makers in the area.  Wait til you hear what kind of effort it takes to make the great products at Meriwether Cider Company.  We then swing over to Oregon and enjoy the story behind Sno Road Winery...the first winery in Echo.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Jan 22, 2018

(2018)  Who needs fancy, city-slicker conveniences like electricity and automobiles, when you can use people-power and horsepower to make you wine?  That's the philosophy at Illahe Cellars in Dallas, home of "1899," the wine made and delivered by hand, foot, and canoe.

And who says winemakers aren't funny?  A former engineer and funnyman tries his hand at wine, and the result is delicious!  We'll meet the siblings behind Long Cellars of Woodinville.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Jan 15, 2018

(2018)  There are several things that can influence your wine experience.  There's taste, smell, and then there's what your eyes take in.  We mention all this, because the wine experience at JM Cellars is the total package:  Great wine, good people, and it's located inside an actual arboretum. 

In this episode, we also gather around the stove for some delicious craft beer.  The guys from Old Stove Brewing stop in to share their story, and announce their new location in the heart of one of the Northwest's biggest attractions.

All this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week." and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

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